BRAIN and YOU...
GETAWAYS: Spend time alone. See a movie. Daydream. HOBBIES: Write. Paint. Create something. LEARNING: Take a fun class. Join a club. MUSIC: Play an instrument. Sing. Listen to stereo. PLAY: Play a game. Goof off. Go out with friends. WORK: Tackle a new project. Keep busy. Volunteer.
BALANCING: Balance time at work and home. Accept the good with the bad. CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Look for win/win solutions. Forgive readily. ESTEEM BUILDING: Build good family feelings. Focus on personal strengths. FLEXIBILITY: Take on new family roles. Stay open to change. NETWORKING: Develop friendships with other families. Make use of community resources. TOGETHERNESS: Take time to be together. Build family traditions. Express affection.
AFFIRMATION: Believe in yourself. Trust others. Give compliments. ASSERTIVENESS: State your needs and wants. Say "no" respectfully. CONTACT: Make new friends. Touch. Really listen to others. EXPRESSION: Show feelings. Share feelings. LIMITS: Accept others' boundaries. Drop some involvements. LINKING: Share problems with others. Ask for support from family/friends.
IMAGINATION: Look for the humor. Anticipate the future. LIFE PLANNING: Set clear goals. Plan for the future. ORGANIZING: Take charge. Make order. Don't let things pile up. PROBLEM-SOLVING: Solve it yourself. Seek outside help. Tackle problems head on. RELABELING: Change perspectives. Look for good in a bad situation. TIME MANAGEMENT: Focus on top priorities. Work smarter, not harder.
BIOFEEDBACK: Listen to your body. Know your physical limitations. EXERCISE: Pursue physical fitness. Jog. Swim. Dance. Walk. NOURISHMENT: Eat for health. Limit use of alcohol. RELAXATION: Tense and relax each muscle. Take a warm bath. Breathe deeply. SELF-CARE: Energize your work and play. Strive for self-improvement. STRETCHING: Take short stretch breaks throughout your day.
COMMITMENT: Take up a worthy cause. Say "yes." FAITH: Find purpose and meaning. Trust God. PRAYER: Confess. Ask for forgiveness. Pray for others. Give thanks. SURRENDER: Let go of problems. Learn to live with the situation. VALUING: Set priorities. Be consistent. Spend time and energy wisely. WORSHIP: Share beliefs with others. Put faith into action.
ALCOHOL: Drink to change your mood. Use alcohol as your friend. DENIAL: Pretend nothing's wrong. Lie. Ignore the problem. DRUGS: Abuse coffee/aspirin/medications. Smoke pot. Pop pills. EATING: Keep binging. Go on a diet. Use food to console you. FAULT-FINDING: Have a judgmental attitude. Complain. Criticize. ILLNESS: Develop headaches/nervous stomach/major illness. Become accident prone. INDULGING: Stay up late. Sleep in. Buy on impulse. Waste time. PASSIVITY: Hope it gets better. Procrastinate. Wait for a lucky break. REVENGE: Get even. Be sarcastic. Talk mean. STUBBORNNESS: Be rigid. Demand your way. Refuse to be wrong. TANTRUMS: Yell. Mope. Pout. Swear. Drive recklessly. TOBACCO: Smoke to relieve tension. Smoke to be "in." WITHDRAWAL: Avoid the situation. Skip school or work. Keep your feelings to yourself. WORRYING: Fret over things. Imagine the worst.
Reference: "Structured Exercises in Stress Management," Whole Person Press, Duluth, MN